Subtle Stroker: 1972 Chevrolet Nova Street Machine – SOLD!

by | Sep 2021 | Classifinds, Free For All Friday

September 30, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

If you’re of a certain age, you went to high school when hopped-up Chevrolets dominated the student parking lot.  While some students blessed with deeper pockets gravitated towards driving Camaros, many others invested all of their part-time-job money building Novas. With its 383 cubic inch small block Chevy stroker motor and its subdued stance, this 1972 Nova Street Machine originally listed in September 2021 on Craigslist near Colchester, Connecticut (New London) appeals to us as a modern interpretation of what we wanted to drive to high school.

Currently priced at $25,000, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Nova priced seven hundred dollars less than this guide’s #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $25,700 for a stock example.  Interestingly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool provides a much different assessment as in this case the asking price is nearly ten thousand dollars above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of only $15,900 for a stock example.

Enter its fifth year of production, Chevrolet’s third-generation Nova received only minor trim changes for 1972. The Rally package option with special suspension returned and was a rather popular choice, with 33,319 sold. SuperSport equipment went on 12,309 coupes. Nova production moved to Norwood, Ohio, where it would be assembled alongside the Camaro. At mid-year, a sunroof option called the Sky Roof became available on two-door models. Also, the optional Strato bucket seats available on coupes switched from the previous low-back design with adjustable headrests to the high back units with built-in headrests introduced the previous year on Camaros and Vegas. Despite the lack of change, Nova had its best sales season in years, with the production of the 1972 models reaching 349,733. Of these, 139,769 had the six-cylinder engine.

We came across this 1971 Chevrolet Nova commercial on YouTube:

We love the fact the seller is fully transparent their Nova is a driver-quality street machine and not a trailer queen.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“72 Nova base model 2 door GM75 cranberry red. West Virginia body and frame. 383 stroker built by Carlquist Comp. Eng in Oakdale CT. 384 hp on dyno with current carb. and manifold. Alum heads. HYD. roller cam 650 Holley carb. 3 core alum. radiator. elect. fan 700R4 Monster auto trans. B & M Mega Shifter 3.73 gears in a 12 bolt rear. HEI ignition… complete suspension rebuilt with Moog parts new….front calipers, master cyl., fuel tank, brake lines. Bell Tech leaf springs, sub-frame connectors, and traction bars. Rides on 15” rally rims. 215-65 front 255-60 rear…. all with decent tread… under 15000 miles on build. less on engine. 2 1/2 inch dual exhaust. Could use a little TLC… This is driver/cruiser quality vehicle. …not a show/trailer queen.
Price is firm…no tire kickers…. if you don’t have the cash don’t bother me. Appointments will be made to view vehicle at a time and place convenient to both parties. Emails only at this time and I will reply to all.
Connecticut does not issue titles for 20 + year old vehicles…sold on Q-1 form, bill of sale, and the last title from WV

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